Mexican Chicken Pasta Recipe

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Riley
Riley December 28, 2020
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How To Make Mexican Chicken Pasta

This all-time favorite Mexican chicken pasta is tastier and healthier with a light cream sauce made with flavorful herbs and spices.

Preparation: 5 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Total: 25 minutes

Serves:

Ingredients

  • 1tbspchili powder
  • 2tspcumin
  • 1tspsalt
  • ½tspblack pepper
  • ¼tspcayenne
  • 2chicken breasts,boneless, skinless, pounded to ½-inch thickness
  • 4tbspolive oil,divided
  • 1red onion,diced, small
  • 3garlic cloves,minced
  • 2cupsgrape tomatoes,or cherry, halved
  • 1canwhole kernel corn,drained
  • 8ozcream cheese,cut into 8 squares, brick ⅓ less-fat
  • ½cupmilk
  • 1canblack beans,drained
  • ¼cupcilantro,chopped
  • 1large avocado,pitted, peeled, and diced
  • 12ozdried pasta,cooked in generously-salted boiling water until al dente according to package instructions

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, and cayenne until combined. Take half of the seasoning mixture and set it aside.

  2. Take the other half and sprinkle it evenly over both sides of the chicken breasts. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering.

  3. Add chicken and cook for 3 minutes per side or until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink inside. Remove from heat and set aside for 10 minutes. Then slice into thin strips and set aside.

  4. Meanwhile, return the skillet to the heat and add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil. Add the red onion, tomatoes, corn, and garlic and saute for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  5. Add the cream cheese and milk gradually, stirring constantly until the cheese melts completely.

  6. Stir in the remaining seasoning mixture, black beans, and cilantro until combined. Season with additional salt and pepper if needed.

  7. Remove from heat, then gently stir in the avocado and pasta. Serve immediately with additional toppings if desired.

Recipe Notes

Optional toppings:

  • cilantro
  • avocado
  • cotija cheese, crumbled
  • tortilla strips
  • sour cream

Nutrition

  • Calories: 1077.76kcal
  • Fat: 54.26g
  • Saturated Fat: 17.54g
  • Trans Fat: 0.09g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 25.01g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 6.27g
  • Carbohydrates: 107.64g
  • Fiber: 18.32g
  • Sugar: 11.41g
  • Protein: 44.45g
  • Cholesterol: 121.10mg
  • Sodium: 1181.08mg
  • Calcium: 204.40mg
  • Potassium: 1550.25mg
  • Iron: 6.08mg
  • Vitamin A: 320.77µg
  • Vitamin C: 25.81mg
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